Welcome to BRINKguide

To make a new breed of travel guide, we deployed locals. They looked under the surface, on the margin, on the BRINK of their own cities. They are entrenched in the culture of their city and can share the secret gems in their own backyards.

The Harrison

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
355 Greenwich Street
New York, NY
This is a solid contender for dining options in Tribeca. With a menu boasting fish, meat and vegetarian entrees and an ample array of appetizers, the restaurant has lots to offer to the discerning tastebud. Opt to dine al fresco on the sidewalk in warmer months.

It's Tops Coffee Shop

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
1801 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
It's Tops is a charming diner. The location's unexpected but great for an eclectic crowd, heralding from various parts of the city. The pancakes are perfectly fluffy and you can add chocolate chips and every other lovely thing you'd like. Kind of cheesy, a little on the nostalgic side, but that's half the reason to go. Open 8am 'til 3am on weekends! Old, respectable, cool.

The Warfield Theatre

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
982 Market St
San Francisco, CA
Proud and mighty, The Warfield stands as one of San Francisco's best concert halls. The line-up is typically top-notch and fairly priced. With an extreme overtone of decadence and an aura that kills, this old performance theater still packs a punch that'd knock the world off Atlas' back. Solid acoustics, good booze, and one hell of a view makes this place a prime choice for a night out.

Ryan Maguire's Ale House

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
28 Cliff Street
New York, NY
Great burgers and drinks at this warm and friendly old-fashioned ale house blocks away from the South Street Seaport in the Financial District. Brick exposed walls and a fireplace inside add to its mellow, charming ambiance. Good spot to grab a lunch, dinner or a drink after work, or if you're in the area doing the tourist thing. Big enough space to gather with a large crowd.

Sam Wo's

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
813 Washington St.
San Fracnisco, CA
Famous for its insanely rude wait staff, the food here is greasy, but oh-so-yummy. They're open after-hours for the bar crowd, so mark this down as a drunken meal possibility. Enjoy the wobbly tables, the holes in the walls, and all of the broken windows; Sam Wo’s is so bad it’s almost kinda good. Almost.

Laugh Lounge

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
151 Essex Street (between Stanton Street & Rivington Street)
New York, NY
Urban comedy club in the hip, and always lively, Lower East Side. Affordable drinks offered by a kind staff in a trendy, upscale looking bar. A small stage is located in the performance room downstairs. Home to an eclectic variety of talent, Laugh Lounge also offers regular open mics and new talent shows. The owner herself is often around and available, showing her commitment to the club's unique feel and success.

Toast Eatery

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
1748 Church Street
San Francisco, CA
The sign says "Eat Toast" but it's the pancakes that are off the hook. The scrambles are pretty darn tasty, too. Toast Eatery is also open for lunch and dinner, but breakfast is your best bet, for obvious reasons.

Mimi's Restaurant

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
299 East 52nd Street
New York , NY
This restaurant and piano bar is 'the' spot to take visitors who are looking for a spirited dining experience. "Italian" dishes served in American-sized portions are nothing too spectacular, but the characters you'll find playing the piano and singin' show tunes will make up for it. Older crowd makes up most of the clientele, but you'll also find young couples on first dates and families as well. An experience to say the least!

Paxton Gate

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
766 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
If you see it in your nightmares, you can find it here. Paxton Gate is one of San Francisco's absolute treasures - a certified must-see for anyone in the Mission area. At first glance it appears to be a taxidermy shop, but it's a great deal more. The general inspiration is to provoke the interest and creativity in children and adults alike via the assortment of curiosities (and atrocities) within. You'll wander around in awe the entire time you're in the store. Don't take our word for it. Step inside and face your fears.

Nomads Clothing and Accessories

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
556 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA
Men's clothing store with really legit finds. They have $5 jean bins but also carry some super-pricey items, too: great variety and stupid cute staff. You can dress up or down, hipster, not hipster, Oklahoma-sticks-meets-Vogue, or whatever other look you're going for. You can find it here and sometimes at a steal.

Strand Bookstore

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
828 Broadway
New York , NY
If you're a reader, an artist or a lover of the arts and history, Strand Bookstore is the place to go for incredible deals on books of all genres, including fiction, non-fiction, academia, history and classics. It's a classic New York spot where they'll give you cash on the spot for new or used books. There are even shelves outside on the sidewalk, pricing books at $2 or less! Buy a book, pay almost nothing, and walk over one block to Union Square to enjoy!

Thai Place Restaurant

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
312 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA
Hangovers are common in this city. Great people, great bars, tasty booze - it just comes with the territory. When you do decide to drink too much - or if you forget NOT to - get the hot and sour soup from Thai Place. The veggie with no tofu will destroy all traces of sick-sluggishness from your hard-working body, and much faster than anything you've ever tried. Their other food is alright, too. Nothing spectacular or memorable, but perfectly satisfying all the same.

Salon Amici

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
255 East 50th Street
New York, NY
Tiny salon in Turtle Bay area where walk-ins are welcome for both men and women. First-time clients receive a 20% discount. Services include blow-outs, coloring, highlights, Brazilian straightening and relaxing, and more.

Parnell's Bar and Restaurant

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
350 E 53rd Street
New York, NY
The quintessential neighborhood bar and restaurant - you're sure to find many a long-time local nightly here. A warm atmosphere and a hearty menu are an inviting draw to this spot, somewhat off the beaten path from the noisy midtown mix.

Poppy

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
281 Mott Street
New York, NY
Adorable is the word that comes to mind for this fun little boutique in Nolita. A hip spot to pick up the season's latest trends from the hottest designers as well as a few pieces from the store's own self-named line.

Gatsby's

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
53 Spring Street
New York, NY
if you're looking for an unpretentious beer-joint in an otherwise uber-posh area, Gatsby's will do the trick. But not much more. The beer menu is good, the food, ok, and the music is fun if you're a fan of 80s and classic hits. The weekends seem to draw the post-frat boy crowd - in droves - for good-ole-fashioned sports-watching and beer-guzzling fun.

CC Riders

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
835 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA
And now, 'instant hipster,' just like Top Ramen! This clothing place is actually really cool. It's tiny and features a 'new' and 'used' selection of shoes, accessories, and random lovely little bits of urban youth ephemera. No attitude from the staff, either, who are surprisingly helpful and relaxed. Prices are usually only beaten by the internet, don't miss it.

Fleur de Lys

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
777 Sutter St.
San Francisco, CA
For an overly-posh establishment, this place actually deserves a visit. Don't venture here without a few hundred bucks to blow and someone to impress. The chef and owner - Hubert Keller - puts a decent amount of work into his business; despite being cheesy and definitely too opulent, the food here is choice. Don't be tempted by the caviar or the more expensive wine pairing. There are a ton of adventurous dishes like rabbit, foie gras, and things tartar. This is a must try - once.

Crocodile Lounge

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
325 E 14th Street
New York, NY
This may not be the greatest bar in the city, but definitely worth a visit if you're a bit peckish, too. If you happen to be out & about and your stomach starts screeching at you, this place'll save your night. A free small pizza with every beer, you can murder your thirst, get a little drunk, and quell the appetite, and all at the exact same time.

Caffe Reggio

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RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
119 MacDougal Street
New York, NY
Proud to serve the first cappuccino in the United States back in 1927, this sophisticated, old-fashioned cafe is still a hot-spot in downtown Manhattan. An overflowing menu of incredible eats, a full list of different (and strong!) coffee and espresso-based drinks, and best of all - the cheapest prices ever! Take a late-night walk on party-street MacDougal, or stop by midday for your afternoon coffee: either way, you'll enjoy the classic legacy of Caffe Reggio.

Tonnara di Bonagia, Valderice (TP)

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
Piazza Tonnara Valderice, Trapani
Valderice, TP
This very exclusive complex includes the 600th Torre Saracena sighting, in which it currently stages the Tonnara Museum. On the surrounding grounds you'll find the Zingaro Reserve, Erice, old Phoenician & Greek cities, the Egadi Islands, and the archeological sites of Selinunte & Segesta. At the slope of Mount Erice, Tonnara di Bonagia represents one of the seaside centers, where the very antique local rite of "mattanza" still takes place every year in May and June. The hotel is good for couples and families, complete with a courteous and helpful staff.

Oficina Latina

POSH
RATING
1783.9 KM AWAY
24 Prince Street
New York, NY
Bistro offering Pan-American cuisine in a setting that recalls the steps along the Pan American Highway. The unique vibe of the space transports you to a mechanic's garage along the route--a fun take on eating and drinking. Happy hour offerings throughout the week and an outdoor area that's just as charming as indoors add to the draw of this spot.